You know that silly Facebook meme, the one that lists 100 books that the BBC has allegedly selected as the best evAH, and then goes on to claim that the average reader has only read like 6 of them. It’s fun, but completely bunk.
Well, our friends over at NPR, (who are like the BBC in a non-British way, I guess), recently put out a call for the best SciFi and Fantasy books. Over 5000 people nominated books and series in the comments. (I might have. I thought about it, but then I don’t know if I actually did or not). Then they slimmed the list to the top 237 nominations, specifically excluding books that didn’t make their strict criteria (basically, they excluded horror, paranormal romance, and YA from the list), and asked for votes.
50,000 votes later, and mine was for sure one of them, and they came up with a list of the top 100 SciFi/Fantasy novels (excluding YA. They are running a YA poll next summer. Sorry Harry.)
I don’t propose a meme, although go ahead and play along if you want. I’m just curious to know how many of them I have read. I’ve got the top 13 down, except I have never finished 1984.
Here’s the list. I bolded the ones I’ve read at least one of the series, although in most cases, I’ve read the whole she-bang.